I'm a writer, creative writing tutor, librarian and publisher.
I teach on the Oxford University MSt, Undergraduate Diploma and Certificate of Higher Education courses, and am interested in both the close examination of fiction and how technologies such as ebooks and print-on-demand have changed the publishing industry and continue to offer fresh opportunities to writers.
I am a member of Common Room at Kellogg College, Oxford.
In autumn 2020 I completed a memoir entitled Trust: A Family Story. Events from Trust form part of justthoughtsnstuff.com, a blog I wrote between 2010 and 2020, which now exists as a self-contained born-digital work about the past ten years of my life.
In 2013 I published Margaret Keeping's wonderful novel about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas' life under my StreetBooks imprint. It is available as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook. ('[Margaret Keeping's] inhabitation of Edward, Robert, Helen and their world is tender and subtle...a lovely novel.' Robert Macfarlane.)
This was followed by the excellent Facing the Strange by SB Sweeney, which came out on 9th February 2017 ('One great long drunken rambling guitar solo of a novel!' Tim Pears).
I studied English at Keble College, Oxford, and from 1995 to 2008 reviewed fiction for publications that included The Times, TLS and Financial Times. (See Reviews for a list of my journalism. If you'd like a PDF of a particular piece, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
My first novel The Lock was published in paperback in 2003, the ebook version having reached the finals of the Independent e-Book Awards in Santa Barbara the previous year. My second, Invisible, was published by StreetBooks in October 2010 ("...lively wit and acute understanding of the emotional landscape." Kate Saunders, The Times).
I'm a member of the Society of Authors and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. I was chair of Writers in Oxford from 2008-2010 and edited the Oxford Writer from 2002-2004.
I am Operations Manager at the Sackler, Taylor Institution and Nizami Ganjavi Libraries and am Librarian and Subject Consultant (Latin American History and Social Sciences) at the Bodleian Latin American Centre Library.
In 2016 I was co-investigator on a digital project looking at narrative shapes.